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Monday, September 15, 2014

Time for a new camera...

In all the excitement over the new iPhone, I've realized another thing. It's time to get another camera and give the cameraphone a break.

It's really nifty to be able to take out the cell/camera/smart phone and take a quick snapshot. There are times it's more necessary to get a real camera with more capacity to take pictures as I used to do.

The longtime camera I had was a point and shoot which had a lense that allowed for focus and it got stuck. I took it apart and then couldn't get it back together where it would work again. Eventually i just forgot about that old workhorse sadly. :(

It was a point and shoot. Perhaps it's time to get another point and shoot. Better yet, perhaps it's time to get something more professional.

It's time to decide and time to take some pictures not on my phone again!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Remember

As typical on many recent 9/11 I avoid any programming that may replay the unfortunate events of that day. I've written a lot about this national tragedy and choose not to repeat them. However, I would like to share the tag that I used for most of them and you could definitely go back in time with me.

We lost a lot of people on that day and unfortunately we're still fighting terrorists today. Thankfully not here at home but definitely over there in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alas, it seems Islamic fundamentalist terrorism is making an an unfortunate comeback in Iraq though.

It just lets us know this is still a difficult fight to insure nothing like this happens again!

BTW, don't forget to click the September 11 tag at the bottom of this post.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

And we've got a new iPhone model...


Apple's newest devices were unveiled today. I'm not as excited about the so-called iWatch as much as the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus. I still own an iPhone 4S which is to be discontinued however a slimmer device with a larger screen interests me.

The idea of a "watchphone" or "smartwatch" is interesting although I've yet to figure out how it works. Thankfully it won't be out soon enough as it's a little expensive. The extra time between now and 2015 makes it convenient for me to save money so that I can purchase such a device.
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The next thing we might need is something resembling a Star Trek combadge. Think about Star Trek communicators they had flips, then wrist communicators, and then eventually combadges. Yo Apple, where are our combadges!?!?!

BTW, even with the "iWatch" I still want to find an old-school Star Trek communicator perform some technical feats and turn it into a speakerphone. That be a cool feat regardless and very cool especially if you don't feel like keeping the phone to your ear. Better yet, cool if you don't want to wear a bluetooth device or headphones.

Regardless as per my usual tradition I want to feel one of these new iPhones before I make a purchase. What that means is that there's no way that I'm waiting in line just to be the first in my town to have the new iPhone. It's never that worth it for a device that seems to have a new edition come out every year or so.

It may take some getting used to a larger phone, however, the fact that it's much thinner than previous models will make this a palatable purchase for me. I give up some thickness, but with a much larger phone lengthwise. It's an interesting tradeoff.

ALSO, the idea of a "phablet" - the 6 plus is a phablet - is not entirely understood by me. It may well work for those who want a much larger screen than the iPhone 6, but if that's what I'm looking for I'll just get an iPad. At that get a wifi iPad and make sure you turn your new iPhone into a personal wifi hotspot!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

LinkedIn: Don't Change Your Name; Change Your Attitude

Zack Isaacs writes another post over at LinkedIn's The Pulse. It basically is Zack's opinion on a recent HuffPost article about Jose who changed his name to Joe and began getting more responses to his applications - I shared this on Wednesday. The idea, is it really about a name or is it about attitude? What do you think about what Zack writes?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

José vs Joe: Who Gets A Job?


[VIDEO] I've been doing a number of job hunting posts but this story just caused my jaw to drop. Over the years we hear how if you have a really ethnic name (or more specifically a "Black" name) it may decrease your chances of getting a job. Well here's one take on this, in this situation a really Latin name.

Via HuffPost!

Monday, September 01, 2014

September has crept up on me again...


[VIDEO] Summer is over because today is Memorial Labor Day so to mark the start of Autumn even if the official day is not until later this month, let's hear some Earth, Wind & Fire. It's still a great song!

I marked the start of this month this way back in 2008!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A new site you should visit...

Zack Isaacs recently invited me to post for his new blog ZacksTV. This was in response to some of my posts regarding my job hunting adventures.

I'm excited to see his post over at LinkedIn talking about his time in college and his time looking for work in his field. He eventually discusses what he seeks to do as a content producer.

BTW, my first post at ZacksTV is up . I chose to share the story of a Jackie Robinson West player - the team from Chicago that went all the way in the Little League World Series - who's family was homeless during the course of that team's remarkable run. I hope you'll go over there and view it!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I found this observation disheartening

Not sure whether or not to believe this or not, but it struck me in the worst way. Does this observation written at Instapundit a sign of things - not necessarily to come - going even further downhill? I haven't figured it out yet, but this is how I read it! :o

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The "boo" committee


[VIDEO] LOL! Paul McKinley ran to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. for his old Congressional Seat last year. At that McKinley ran as a Republican and lost to current Congresswoman Robin Kelly.

McKinley still is out there and he organized a "boo committee" at the recent Bud Billiken Parade. This video had me laughing as we saw the many politicians get the boo treatment.

I mean really, this video was hilarious. It was hilarious to see Mayor Rahm Emanuel literally running through and this "boo committee" elicited the attention of Chicago's finest. Of course a police sergeant literally attempted to block the view of the Rebel Pundit camera.

It's not inconceivable to me that the Mayor felt threatened by this display of free speech enough to want to get police involved. And needless to say this activity likely didn't get covered in the mainstream media of Chicago. Probably wasn't significant enough.

BTW, since being Mayor of Chicago is an important political position whoever holds that office should hold a thicker skin. Especially if the office holder has the tendency to send severed heads of defenseless animals to political opponents. :P

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Congrats to Jackie Robinson West #JRW

I want to offer a belated congratulations to the Morgan Park based Jackie Robinson West Little League team. They made it all the way to the Little League World Series and unfortunately lost to a team from South Korea on Sunday for the Little League baseball world title.

Unfortunately I never had the chance to truly watch them play but it's great to know this group of young men have already tasted success in their young sports careers. Here's hoping they will continue to have success not only on the baseball diamond but also in their lives away from sports.

Every young man or woman either playing youth sports or even playing in high school, college or professional can always have the ability to become a champion if they work extremely hard. That also goes for life whether in school or in a career as well.

Chicago was truly behind this team and this morning there is a parade for them.

BTW, Worlee over at The Sixth Ward shared his own thoughts on not only JRW, but also the state of Little League baseball on the south side. We need to provide outlets such as this for our youth to keep them out of trouble and team them skills that would help them not only in sports but in life.